PENSIONERS in the Butts area are living in fear of a small element of the community who are determined to make it into a no go zone.
Timothy Haide who has lived in the area for 70 years, was rudely awoken on Sunday morning at 3.30 after a stolen car had been driven through the wall outside his house.
“People down around here are scared and frightened, I felt very isolated and vulnerable but I’m not afraid of them,” said Mr Haide who is the chairman of the retired mens action group in the area. Mr Haide said that almost half of all the people living in the Butts are pensioners. The older people in the area feel intimidated by a small minority according to Mr Haide. “I grew up here in the 40’s when people were really poor, but they had respect,” he said.
Although Mr haide was full of praise for the Gardai who had come back to explain his rights to him, he feels that the judiciary are not doing enough to convict the people who are responsible. “The judiciary are living in a completely different world to the people,” said Mr Haide.
Mr Haide is worried that nothing will happen until someone is killed by an out of control car speeding in the narrow streets of the Butts. “The people around here want to know if we’ll have to wait until somebody is killed before something is done.”
The Gardai said that the car that crashed into Mr Haide’s wall was a black ford focus that had been stolen from the Loughboy area. A spokesperson for the Gardai said the matter is under investigation, but no one has been arrested yet.